Since 2016, I have been partnered with GPSmyCity – a company that converts travel articles into apps that other travellers can use as a reference for self-guided walking tours. GPS coordinates are embedded into the app-converted article, so that key places mentioned by the writer can be traced by the traveller offline on their iPhone or iPad.
While I personally prefer to avoid using technology as much as possible on my travels, these apps have shown to be beneficial for first-time solo travellers who perhaps lack confidence in their navigation skills, or those travellers who simply want some inspiration for places to visit.
Guidebooks are a valuable resource for planning a trip, but they sometimes miss out unique areas of interest that a deviation from the conventional tourist route will help you discover. Furthermore, having a map on your phone as a port of call means less need for bulky guidebooks in your bag and more room for water, mementos and snacks!
Over 700 cities across the world are featured in GPSmyCity article apps. Once you have downloaded the app, you can browse a wide selection of articles. Perhaps you are looking for the best neighbourhoods in Toronto for street art, recommended restaurants for Kimchi in Seoul, the best bookshops in Copenhagen, or a selection of parks for running in Melbourne.
Once you’ve found an article you like, it costs $1.99 to upgrade an app to a GPS-guided version, of which the author will receive a small amount. Currently, this is the only income I make from my blog.
SoleSeeking articles available for download include:
- 24 Hours in London for the Big City-Hater
- Escape to Portugal: Arrival in Porto
- Escape to Portugal: Loyalty and Loneliness in Lisbon
- Escape to Portugal: Opening Eyes and Ears in Sintra
- My Morning Walk Around Geneva
- Cuisine for a (Budget) Queen in Victoria, BC
- An Autumn Weekend in Whistler for the Non-Skier